Andhra Pradesh government revises employee pay to end agitation

The state government’s decision ends the indefinite strike that the state government employees had been on

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Meeting the demands made by its striking staff, the state government of Andhra Pradesh has tabled orders revising the house rent allowance (HRA) among other benefits.

The government issued Revised Pay Scales-2022 (RPS) under which the HRA will be enhanced, city compensatory allowance will be restored along with an additional quantum of pension to retired employees over 70 years. All of these were amongst the major demands of the protesting employees.

House rent allowance has been fixed at 24 per cent with a maximum ceiling of Rs 25,000 for staff working in Andhra Pradesh government’s offices in New Delhi and Hyderabad.

For employees deputed in cities with a population of over 2,00,000, an HRA cap of 16 per cent with a maximum ceiling of Rs 17,000 has been fixed.

For people working in towns whose populations are between 50,000 and 2,00,000, an HRA of 12 per cent with a ceiling of Rs13,000 will be applicable. Below 50,000, an HRA of 10 per cent of the basic pay will be issued.

The revision in the house rent allowance will be applicable from January 1, 2022.

As per the revised pension, retired employees over 70 years will get an additional seven per cent on their pensions, people over 75 years will get 12 per cent, those who are 80 will get 20 per cent, 85 years will get 25 per cent, 90 years 30 per cent, 95 years 35 per cent and those above 100 will get 50 per cent of basic pension as additional quantum.

According to Special Chief Secretary (Finance) S S Rawat these revisions will continue till June 2024.

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